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Maya Benami

Sede Boker, Southern district, Israel

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  • 74 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • leben und lieben
  • Environmental Microbiology/Hydrology
  • From New York City/Knoxville, TN, USA
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About Me


To be a part of this world and for this world to be a part of me...


I'll admit it, I'm lucky. The generosity of my family and friends throughout my life has perpetually astounded and grounded me. My home is a place where true Southern hospitality exists, and I am surrounded by brave and inspiring people and beauty.

An extroverted introvert ;-), I enjoy people but I'll often be the one to leave the group to pursue my own interests. A chronic dilettante, I'm not good at much but lo intento (thanks Sebas), ich versuche, and j'essaie!

I'm attempting my Ph.D. now, here in Israel. The time is now to try and become a more thoughtful world citizen....maybe along the way I will learn something useful.


Hopefully I live my life with the understanding that if you seek you shall find, enjoy the challenge but don't create the struggle, and you take the love you make.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Try to be as open minded with the couches and surfers as I can be---"Nature provides a free lunch, just as long as we control our appetites"--


...I like to move myself, so I guess dancing, volunteering, religion, humanism, environmentalism, WATER, idealism, education, idiosyncrasies, geography, fair trade (fair economics), making sushi, eating spicy foods, culture, optimism, reformation of thought, the little things, nature, meditation that involves more moving than stretching, differences, similarities, jogging along waterfronts, sunsets, sunrises, hiking under trees and during the evening hours, heights, adrenaline rushes you don't have to pay for, hearing peoples' stories, and taking lots of 'Maya time´.....

Music, Movies & Books

I am excited to begin reading again after so many years of the required. Pleasure reading is a treat. Top 3 right now, but evolving---Petitioning Reality with Faith (Bobby Drinnon), Not Buying It (Judy Levine), and Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (E.F. Schumacher)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Equally: 1) Skydove over a glacier 2) Let a California King Snake wrap around my neck.

Teach, Learn, Share

Yes I can do all these things, but I would rather be on the receiving end.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Austria, Botswana, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Macao, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

Chile, Israel, New Zealand, United States

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